Pedestrian Dies in Temple Car Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 29-Aug-2011

A Temple woman was pronounced dead at the scene when she was hit by a compact car while walking along the highway late Friday, paramedics said. The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was traveling South by foot, along the 4700 block of Highway 317, when she was struck.

According to officials, both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle that hit her were taken to Scott & White Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Investigation of the accident is still under investigation.

Pedestrian Personal Injury

As many as 11 people die every day as a result of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) said. Although the NHTSA notes that 4,378 U.S. pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2008, almost 69,000 pedestrians sustained injuries resulting from vehicle accidents in the same year. The influx of pedestrian injuries and deaths as a result of vehicle accidents represent the extreme risks pedestrians face when traveling along roads shared with vehicles.

Pedestrians can take extra care to safeguard themselves while sharing roads with cars, trucks and motorcycles, taking a practical, offensive approach when traveling.

Thirty-eight percent of pedestrian accidents that occur in children and teens under the age of 16, are recorded during the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the NHTSA said, highlighting the importance of safety among those heading home from school and drivers staying alert while behind the wheel. Protect children, by informing them how to use crosswalks and pedestrian traffic signals correctly. In addition, when walking, stick to roads where vehicle speeds are slower and drivers have increased time to notice and react.

Some of the reasons that pedestrian accidents occur are due to the negligence of drivers inhabiting the road, lack of sign observation and posted speeds as well as failing to yield to pedestrians or traffic control devices.

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